Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a creative entrepreneur? Based in Southampton Solent University’s own on-campus creative agency, this master’s programme is ideally suited to savvy graduates who are looking to make their mark in the creative industries. If you have ever thought about setting up your own creative enterprise or working as a freelancer, this intensive course will help you develop the essential skills required to succeed.
- Students will join Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency, for the duration of the master’s programme.
- Students learn enterprise skills by working with real clients on a variety of live projects, meeting professional deadlines and taking full responsibility for client management.
- With a clear focus on helping students to develop their enterprise skills, the curriculum looks at portfolio techniques, business management, marketing, the creative climate and critical thinking.
- Working with clients gives many opportunities for portfolio development, helping graduates to secure clients or find employment once the course has concluded.
- The curriculum includes a master’s project, where students are able to conduct an in-depth exploration of an area that is relevant to their ambitions.
- Students have access to impressive facilities including a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, radio booths and an extensive media loans scheme.
- This master’s programme is best suited to students who are already confident practitioners of their chosen creative discipline.
- Southampton Solent University is one of the UK’s top creative universities, as voted for by students (Which? University, 2015).
The industry -
Figures released in 2015 by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport suggest that the UK’s creative industries are now worth more than £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy – that’s more than £8.8m per hour. Freelancers and small business owners play a key role in maintaining this figure and furthering the creative industries in the UK.
The programme -
The tutoring team on Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme believe that the best way to learn freelance and enterprise skills is to get involved with real commercial projects.
Our established industry links and on-site creative agency provide students with access to these projects, where they will be expected to take full responsibility for managing the client, communicating successfully and delivering projects to budget. Past students have even had the opportunity to pitch for paid work as part of the course.
Taught portions of the course closely examine the creative economy, helping students to understand how the different sectors of the creative industry operate. Students also learn a range of strategic thinking and problem solving skills, building a set of transferable skills which will help them throughout their career.
Teaching, learning and assessment -
Solent Creatives works to match up talented students with local and national freelancing opportunities. All students enrolled on this course will be matched to at least one opportunity appropriate to their skillset.
Solent Creatives also encourage creative business start-ups, offering entrepreneurs a range of support including one to one mentoring and sophisticated business planning software.
Our facilities -
Students have access to a range of facilities to suit their creative discipline, from printing presses and photography studios to animation suites and green-screen spaces. The University also offers a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, audio booths and an extensive media loans scheme.
Solent is also home to a 24-hour library, modern IT facilities and a range of expert learning and employability support services.
Web-based learning -
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
What do we offer?
From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.
Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx
City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx
Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx
This course equips students to identify opportunities that are appropriate to their skillset and aspirations, helping them to take their existing creative skills and apply them in a commercial setting. This may take the form of in-house employment, freelance work, entrepreneurship - or a combination of the three.
The enterprise skills that students develop can be used throughout their careers and will help to maximise their employability. This includes a thorough understanding of how business is conducted within the creative industries and a toolkit of general business and enterprise skills.
Suitable occupations for graduates include:
- Creative freelance work
- Entrepreneurship within the creative industries
- In-house practice
- Agency account management
- Art direction
Links with industry -
Solent Creatives have excellent contacts with industry across a range of different sectors, having worked with over 800 business since it opened for business. These have included Marks & Spencer, Southampton Airport, Sodexo, Oxfam, the NHS and many small and medium sized organisations from the local area. Past projects have seen students filming live events, managing social media content, designing corporate brochures and organising charity fashion shows.
Solent Creatives is also active in various networking groups including the JCI, Creative Network South and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.
Transferable skills -
Students will learn transferable skills including strategic thinking, resourcefulness, public speaking and client relationship management alongside core business and marketing skills.
Further study -
There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.
Would you like to learn more about running your own creative enterprise? Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme is ideally suited to students who wish to improve their project management, client relations and freelancing skills while creating work for a professional portfolio.
The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635
International full-time fees: £11,260
UK and EU part-time fees: £2,320 per year
International part-time fees: £5,630 per year
Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx